Donna McCarthy, Ph.D., RN

Donna McCarthy
Donna McCarthy, Ph.D., RNMarquette University

Clark Hall, 235

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3820

Professor of Nursing

Highest Degree

Ph.D., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Research Interests

My program of research addresses the pathobiology of illness symptoms, including fever, anorexia, and fatigue.

Professional Affiliations

  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • American Nurses’ Association
  • American Academy of Nursing

Selected Publications

Gillespie, S.L., Neal, J.L., Christian, L.M., Szalacha, L.A., McCarthy, D.O., & Salsberry, P.J. (2017). Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Polymorphism and Birth Timing: Pathway Analysis among African American Women. Nursing Research, 66(2), 95-104.

Hardy, T.M., McCarthy, D.O., Fourie, N.M., & Henderson, W.A. (2016).  Anti-Mullerian hormone levels and urinary cortisol in women with chronic abdominal pain.  Journal of Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing, 45 (6), 772-780.

Gillespie, S.L., Neal, J.L., Christian, L.M., Szalacha, L.A., McCarthy, D.O., & Salsberry, P.J. (2016). An IL1RN polymorphism predicts early birth among African American women.  Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(10), 1391-1392.  

Petersen, C.L., Callahan, M.F., McCarthy, D.O. & White-Traut R. (2017).  An online educational program improves pediatric oncology nurses’ knowledge, attitudes, and spiritual care competence.  Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 34(2), 130-139.

Ford, J.L., Boch, S.J. & McCarthy, D.O. (2016). Feasibility of hair collection for cortisol measurement in population research on adolescent health. Nursing Research, 65, 249-55.

Norden, D.M., McCarthy, D.O. Reiser, Godbout, J.P. & Wold, L.E. (2015) Ibuprofen Ameliorates Fatigue- and Depressive-like Behavior in Tumor-bearing Mice. Life Sciences, 143, 65-70.

Henly, S.J., McCarthy, D.O. Wyman, J.F., et al. (2015). Emerging areas of nursing science and Ph.D. education for the 21st Century: Response to commentaries. Nursing Outlook, 63, 439-445.

Conley, Y.P., Heitkemper, M., McCarthy, D., et al. (2015). Educating future nursing scientists: Recommendations for integrating omics content in Ph.D. Programs. Nursing Outlook, 63, 417-427.

Henly, S.J., McCarthy, D.O. Wyman, J.F., et al. (2015). Emerging areas of science: Recommendations for nursing science education. Nursing Outlook, 63,398-407.

Henly, S.J., McCarthy, D.O. Wyman, J.F., et al. (2015). Integrating emerging areas of science into Ph.D. programs. Nursing Outlook, 63, 408-416.

Corwin, E.J., Pajer, K., Paul, S., Lowe, N., Weber, M., & McCarthy, D.O.(2015). Bidirectional psychoneuroimmune interactions in the early postpartum period influence risk of postpartum depression. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity. Epub ahead of print. DOI:10.1016/j.bbi.2015.04.012

Stevens, S.C.W., Velten, M., Youtz, D.J., Clark, Y., Jing, R., Reiser, P.J., Bicer, S., Devine, R.D., McCarthy, D.O. & Wold, L.E. (2015). Losartan treatment attenuates tumor-induced myocardial dysfunction. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 85, 37-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2015.05.007.

Norden, D.M., Devine, R., McCarthy, D.O. & Wold, L.E. (2015). Storage conditions and passages alter IL-6 secretion in C26 adenocarcinoma cells. MethodsX, 2, 53-58.

Norden, D.M., Devine, R., Bicer, S., Jing, R., Reiser, P.J., Wold, L.E., Godbout, J.P. & McCarthy, D.O.(2015). Fluoxitine prevents the development of depressive-like behavior in a mouse model of cancer-related fatigue. Physiology and Behavior, 140, 230-235.

Neal, J.L., Lamp, J.M., Lowe, N.K., Gillespie, S.L., Sinnott, L.T. & McCarthy, D.O.(2015). Differences in inflammatory markers between nulliparous women admitted to hospitals in preactive vs active labor. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 212, 68.e-18.

Clark, Y.Y., Szalacha, L., Wold, L.E., McCarthy, D.O.(2015). Ubiquinol reduces muscle wasting but not fatigue in tumor-bearing mice. Biological Research in Nursing, 17,321-9.

Sribanditmongkol, S., Neal, J.L., Szalacha, L.A. & McCarthy, D.O.(2015).Effect of Perceived Stress on Cytokine Production in Healthy College Students. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37, 481-93.

Norden, D.M., Bicer,S., Clark, Y., Jing, R., Henry, C.J., Wold, L.E., Reiser, P.J., Godbout, J.P. & McCarthy, D.O. (2014). Tumor Growth Increases Neuroinflammation, Fatigue and Depressive-like Behavior Prior to Alterations in Muscle Function, Brain, Behavior & Immunity, 43, 76-85.

Corwin, E.J., Guo, Y., Pajer, K., Lowe, N., McCarthy, D.O., Schmiege, S., et al. (2013). Immune dysregulation and glucocorticoid resistance in minority and low income pregnant women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 1786-1796.

McCarthy, D.O.(2012). Biological measures for intervention research. In: Melnyk, B.M. & Morrison-Beedy, D. Designing, Conducting, Analyzing, and Funding Intervention Research. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, 2015
  • Senior Scientist Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society, March, 2013
  • Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, Ohio State University Undergraduate Research Office, May, 2011
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, October, 2006
  • Director’s Award, National Institute of Nursing Research, May, 2004


  • DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, F31: September 2016 – June 2018. Chronic stress and reproductive function in female cancer survivors. PI: T. Hardy, sponsor: McCarthy
  • DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, 1R01: February, 2012-December, 2016; $2,219,595.
    Muscle Function and Depression-like Behavior in a Mouse Model of Cancer-related Fatigue. PI: D. McCarthy 2/2012-8/2013, co-I 8/2013-12/2016.
  • DHHS, PHS, NINR, R21: July, 2013 – June, 2015. Linking biological and social pathways to adolescent health and well being. PI: Ford, coinvestigator: McCarthy
  • DHHS, PHS, NIH, NINR, F31: August, 2011- July, 2013. Antioxidant treatment of muscle wasting and fatigue in tumor-bearing mice. PI: Y. Clark, sponsor: McCarthy